The Three Lions are all geared up to host the Caribbean side, albeit behind closed doors and without the support of the English faithful. The players will also be without the backing of ‘Barmy Army’, English cricket’s biggest fan group.
While the Barmy Army will not be in attendance during the match days, it didn’t stop Ashington-born Mark Wood doing his best to replicate the atmosphere with a rousing rendition of Jerusalem.
The impressive one-man show took to the stage at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton on today morning as his team-mates got busy with the penultimate preparations for the final day of their warm-up fixture.
Singing from the top in an empty stadium and waving a ‘flag’, Wood’s encapsulating performance was filmed and shared to the delight of cricket fans on social media. The 54-second long clip concludes with the 30-year-old paying tribute to his fellow fast bowler Jimmy Anderson. Netizens heaped praises on Wood for his impressive and confident performance, labelling him a “legend” and the “life and soul” of the team.
A rousing rendition of Jerusalem from @MAWood33! ?
Wait for the “Oh Jimmy, Jimmy” at the end ?
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) July 3, 2020
In the interim, Sam Curran, who showed symptoms of sickness and underwent COVID-19 test, has returned negative, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed. Sam is expected to join the England setup in the next 24-48 hours, but will be under strict supervision from doctors. He will undergo another COVID-19 test on Sunday along with the rest of the England players and management group.
The players are currently ensued in a warm-up match which is a part of England’s preparation for the three-match Test series against the West Indies, beginning in Southampton on July 8. The Test series will mark the resumption of international cricket after the coronavirus-forced hiatus